T. C. Cannon: One Who Stands in the Sun

T. C. Cannon bravely turned away from the flat representation of Indian ritual and daily life that still pervaded native art in the 1960s, developing a modern color-drenched painting style all his own.

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T. C. Cannon (1946–1978, Caddo/Kiowa), Self-Portrait in the Studio, 1975. Oil on canvas. Collection of Nancy and Richard Bloch. © 2017 Estate of T. C. Cannon. Photo by Addison Doty.
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T.C. Cannon, Collector #5 (Man in Wicker Chair) 1975, oil/acrylic. From the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection. Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon.
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Portrait of T. C. Cannon taken in 1965. Archives of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
“I am tired of Bambi-like deer paintings reproduced over and over — and I am tired of cartoon paintings of my people.” T.C. Cannon
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Mama and Papa Have the Going Home Shiprock Blues,
Painted by T. C. Cannon as a student in 1966. Acrylic and oil on canvas.
IAIA, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
© 2017 Estate of T. C. Cannon. Photo by Addison Doty
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T.C. Cannon, Soldiers (1970), oil on canvas, collection of Arnold and Karen Blair © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; photo by Scott Geffert
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Waiting for the Bus (Anadarko Princess, 1977. Lithograph. Anne Aberbach and Family, Paradise Valley, Arizona. © 2019 Estate of T. C. Cannon. Photo: Thosh Collins/National Museum of the American Indian
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Two Guns Arikara (1974–77). Acrylic and oil on canvas.
Anne Aberbach and Family, © 2019 Estate of T. C. Cannon.
Photo: Thosh Collins/Courtesy of National Museum of the American Indian
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T.C. Cannon, A Remembered Muse (Tosca), 1978, woodcut, Anne Aberbach and Family, Paradise Valley, Arizona
© 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon; photo by Thosh Collins)
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Indian With Beaded Headdress, T.C. Cannon, 1978.
Acrylic on canvas. Peabody Essex Museum. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon. Photo by Kathy Tarantola
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T.C. Cannon, Three Ghost Figures, 1970. Oil on canvas.
Photo by Dan Kvitka/Private collection. © 2019 Estate of T.C. Cannon
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T.C. Cannon, Grandmother Gestating Father and the Washita River Runs Ribbon-Like, 1975. woodblock print
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One of Cannon’s last, unfinished works
Abbi of Bacabi (1978). Oil on canvas. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. © 2019 Estate of T. C. Cannon
Photo: Courtesy of the National Museum of the American Indian

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